Cornish cannonball to caregiver: A career move with a difference

For seven years local woman Emily Routledge worked in a stunt show as a human cannonball where she was catapulted 60ft in the air, night after night. In January this year however, 26 year old Emily made a dramatic career change when she joined the Home Instead team in Truro. After working for just 6 months as a caregiver for the company, Emily has been promoted to the position of Recruitment and Retention Officer.
Emily’s career change has resulted in her taking on a new role that includes creating job adverts, interviewing, recruiting and training new staff as well as managing the well-being of the current team.  Despite the radical change of pace, Emily is confident she has found her true calling and is thrilled with the rewarding nature of the job she has taken on.
Emily commented: “I enjoyed my old job but there was a lot of travelling involved and when my husband and I got married, we decided it was time to settle down. Caring has always been something that appealed to me and I love the way our caregivers build such strong relationships with clients as this makes the service particularly rewarding to deliver. As an important part of my job is recruitment, I am often telling others that we welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds – and I am very much proof of this!”

Born and bred in Cornwall, Emily still finds time to get a boost of adrenaline as she rows in a local surf boat team and also rides a Honda CBR 600 motorbike.

Emily said: “I was shot out of a cannon over 400 times and set on fire nearly every night for seven years. As much as I love my new career, I still have to make time for a little adrenaline kick every now and again!”

Home Instead Truro newly appointed Recruitment and Retention Officer Emily Routledge

Home Instead services include personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and medications; home help covering all aspects of day-to-day housework, shopping, meal preparation and household duties plus companionship services that can involve everything from escorting clients to appointments through to simple conversation and good company.
For more information about Home Instead in Truro, or to speak to the team, please call: 01872 224004 or visit